Gwen Stefani: I Love Breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani: I Love Breastfeeding

Gwen Stefani was still breastfeeding son Kingston before her Sweet Escape tour launched back in April.

“I don’t know when I’m going to stop breastfeeding,” Gwen said from her hotel suite during her interview in London, fresh from another feed. “I’ll just keep going while I can – like, he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!”

Gwen also gushed, “[Breastfeeding] is just obviously really convenient with my lifestyle. [For example, Kingston] nursed then went to sleep [during a flight from Los Angeles to London]. But he doesn’t sleep through the night. He’s up every three hours to feed.”

And did you know we’re in the midst of WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK? CELEBRATE!

UPDATE: Gwen is done with breastfeeding as of awhile ago. She announced this on Sydney radio last week (third from bottom).

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# 1

good for her and King

# 2

Awww. You go Gwen!

# 3

I think that is great, good for both! But as a mom I also think for her sake she should have him sleeping longer during the night. It is only natural that at this age he would be and he could still breastfeed and sleep longer and she could get more rest too.

# 4

My Mom and sister breast fed all of their children. They said it’s a very bonding experience. I think it’s great to promote breast feeding.

# 5

uh…he’s 14 months old. feed him some FOOD and he’ll get full and sleep all night.

# 6

I don’t think she still breast feeds him..according to the original article she said that when he was only 13 weeks or so, before her tour even launched

# 7

Anthony, I think you’re right. I think he was 11 months?

# 8

Too bad she was on Sydney radio last week and said she’s been done with breastfeeding. Can be listened to here http://www.2dayfm.com.au/entertainment/celebrityaudiovideo she’s third from bottom.

# 9

Get a grip Gwen, who are you doing it for? You’re making your little man waaaaay to co-dependent! Let him grow up…I’m all for breast feeding, but really…..

The minimum amount of time breastfeeding suggested by a surgeon general of the U.S. is 2 years. This is also the government promoted minimum throghout Canada and other countries with better health, better health care and lower child death rates than we have. MINIMUM. And the average age for weaning worldwide is 3 to 5 years. The U.S. is an anomaly with its anti-breastfeeding, send your kids right to daycare culture. Don’t think that you are right just because you are common.

Two years is too long. Gone are the days when most Moms stay at home. Baby will benefit from even six weeks of nursing. A stress free rested mom is more important. If you can, give it a try. If you are unable, don’t let the Surgeon General or anyone else give you a guilt trip.

And I think Gwen rocks! Onstage and as a mother.

Dirty Cougar @ 08/05/2007 at 10:18 pm

Ouch! Sorry! Kingston has teeth now. I wonder if, he comps down on mamma when, he gets mad? lol!

i think its great she wants to breatfeed, butt now that hes 14 months old, he should eat regular food cuz he needs all hiz nutriton and vitamins andd it will look ridiciolus if someone sees a woman breastfeeding a 14 month old, lol

The surgeon general is a man. Easy for him to say two years.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

“Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child… Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother… There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer.” (AAP 2005)

From the American Academy of Family Physicians:

“If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned.” (AAFP 2001)

Go ahead. Tell me how all of the doctors that you run to are wrong.

Dr. Antonia Novello was a woman, and a U.S. surgeon general. She is the Dr. quoted above.

The World Health Organization emphasizes the importance of nursing up to two years of age or beyond.

Scientific research by Katherine A. Dettwyler, PhD shows that 2.5 to 7.0 years of nursing is what our children have been designed to expect.

Kim- Breastfeeding at 1 year doesn’t mean he isn’t eating solid food! Most breastfed babies start on solids around 6 months while still breastfeeding. And no…Breastfeeding a 14 month old doesn’t look ridiculous. It looks like a mother nursing a baby. I never received a sideways glance when nursing my 1 year olds. If anyone even noticed, it was a supportive smile. In my experience all of you that are so weirded out by a nursing baby are a small but vocal minority. My real world experience has been nothing but positive.

Sally Kirkland *yes, its reall @ 08/06/2007 at 12:40 am

This ***** really gets me going! Whipping out her boobs for the world to see. Let your baby suck your tits indoors. I don’t wanna have to watch!
Bob Barker, Carrie Fisher, and Larry King all agree with me.

Uh Sally are you talking about Gwen “whipping her boobs out” as you so pleasantly put it? Because in the picture above she is just holding Kingston. And I agree with all the pro breast feeders. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with nursing a child past a year.

My babe is 16 mo and is still getting the “buh” every once in a while. She eats pretty much anything, the BF is pretty much just for fun and comfort. I can’t believe people get so upset about it.

I LOVE GWEN!

Hahahaha… the people who are so up in arms about seeing boobs while nursing probably surf porn at home! Sorry to be so crude, but you people really p**s me off.

Nursing is natural and what we are designed to do. If you don’t like it tough hooey. Look away. No one is forcing you to watch.

remember da truth @ 08/06/2007 at 2:49 am

Love that Gwen is open about breastfeeding. Anyone concerened about nutrition should know that baby food and breastfeeding are not incompatible!

And even though she admits she has stopped altogether now, people still complain that she was breastfeeding her infant — away from paps’ pictures of her boobs, Sally — at one year old? Terrible.

I knew a woman who breastfed her baby until it was four years old. THAT’S weird. When the child is talking and coming up to you saying it wants to nurse and is able to unbutton your blouse, it’s time to move on! But Gwen feeding her son until one year old is normal and healthy and fantastic for her.

Also, for those concerned about working mothers, that’s what breast pumps are for. Not always can a baby actually nurse, but it still can get the natural nutrition God planned for its development.

very interesting article, im glad gwen’s so opened to this. anyways, she’s stopped now since i just read the update. she looks nice in the pix btw

Mom2Twins @ 08/06/2007 at 3:46 am

To each his own, but I don’t see why she feels the need to talk about it all the time. I breastfed my twins for a few weeks, but I don’t bring it up to colleagues at work or in social situations. I have nothing at all against breastfeeding, but I have no desire to see or hear about someone’s boobs.As for breastfeeding in public, it doesn’t bother me except for people like Maggie Gyllenhag who like to make a show of it.

And IMO, the “benefits” of breastfeeding are way overblown anyway.I know there are “studies” that people like to refer to, but there are studies for everything.

And sorry to the above poster, but to breastfeed occasionally “for contact and fun” is just inappropriate. Sounds like you’re doing it more for you than anything and your kid’s going to have issues….

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